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World Focus on Burma (28 May 08)

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Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment at the decision
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
“The sooner restrictions on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar (Burma) will be able to move towards inclusive …
Salt and Fisheries Industries at a Standstill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Laputta Township— perhaps the area most affected by the killer cyclone—was the center of Burma’s salt industry, producing salt for the entire country, …
“Race against time” to plant Myanmar rice crop
Reuters –
… the main rice crop in the delta, the “rice bowl of the Asia” in the days when Myanmar was called Burma and administered as part of the British empire. …
Marni Soupcoff on ‘Panties for Peace’ in Burma
National Post, Canada –
by Raze Those wierdos in command in Myanmar have no idea what it was like to be Tom Jones singing in Montreal… by ZeeBC We have to be careful that we are …
Panties sought for Myanmar protest
United Press International –
The Quebec Women’s Federation and the activist group Rights and Democracy claim the secretive military leaders in the country formerly known as Burma are …
Indonesia joins in criticism of Myanmar over Suu Kyi
Reuters India, India –
MANILA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s foreign minister chided Myanmar on Wednesday for extending the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, …
Human rights a global mess: Amnesty
National Post, Canada –
The Chinese government has used its influence on Burma to open its door to the UN” “So there is potential there for China to positively use the Olympics to …
SEAPA calls for continued pressure for release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance strongly condemns the continued detention of Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and calls on the international …
Leaders are eroding the principles of human rights
Independent, UK –
Human rights are being flagrantly abused in flashpoints such as Burma, Darfur, Zimbabwe and Gaza and established and emerging powers such as the US and …
Junta extends Suu Kyi’s detention
Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK –
Burma’s military government yesterday renewed the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Mrs Suu Kyi has been in detention continuously …
Quincy Asian Resources to hold banquet
The Patriot Ledger, MA –
The banquet was originally planned to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, but following the disasters in Myanmar (Burma) and China, …ASX:AAS
Condemning Burmese Junta on Suu Kyi’s house arrest extension
Newstrack India, India –
The international media has gloomed on the alienated country soon after the cyclone Nargis had devastating vast areas of Burma, also known as Myanmar, …
MCDONALD: Myanmar leaders exposed by flood
Evening News and Tribune, IN –
Refusing to allow aide workers into the country, thus hindering needed help and supplies to its citizens, the military junta ruling Burma has committed …
60 years of human rights failure-governments must apologise and …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
‘The human rights flashpoints in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar demand immediate action. ‘Injustice, inequality and impunity are the hallmarks of …
Human rights not valued, Amnesty says
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Slaughter in Sudan’s Darfur region, violent repression in Zimbabwe, attacks on opponents of Burma’s military rulers – all continue unchecked 60 years after …
Burma junta closes door on Suu Kyi
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The state newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, praised the United Nations for “prompt action” in raising more than $80 million to help cyclone victims and …

Javno.hr

Myanmar junta extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention

WELT ONLINE –
Britain, whose government has been one of many pleading for Suu Kyi’s release, called the move „an indictment of the regime” in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. Foreign Secretary David Milliband said he was „was saddened, if not surprised,” by …
Burma extends arrest of opposition leader National Post
Western governments criticise Myanmar decision Radio Netherlands
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PRESS TV

Myanmar’s cyclone survivors bullied by military; forced to work …

International Herald Tribune –
AP PYAPON, Myanmar: The flimsy bamboo hut built near a road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family of eight dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and fear they may soon be uprooted again by soldiers ordering them to leave.
Progress for Aid Workers in Myanmar New York Times
Murky measures in Myanmar’s disaster Asia Times Online
Alalam News NetworkReliefWeb (press release)The Associated PressBloomberg
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CTV.ca

‘Peace panties’ from Canada to frighten Myanmar junta

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… of the Quebec Women’s Federation, said, “This is a unique and important opportunity for women to help raise funds and awareness about the military regime’s systematic use of rape and other brutalities against our sisters from Burma (Myanmar).”
Women’s underwear needed in fight for democracy in Myanmar The Canadian Press
Junta facing panties-waving hex Edmonton Sun
Calgary HeraldToronto SunCTV.ca
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BBC News

Ban hopes to return to Burma soon

NEWS.com.au –
Noting that Rangoon appears “to be moving in right direction,” Mr Ban said: “I hope that this marks a new spirit of cooperation and partnership between Myanmar (Burma) and the international community.” He said Monday’s pledging conference in Rangoon, …
One Million Cyclone Victims Have Received Aid in Burma Voice of America
The Post editorial board: Offering aid to Burma is a tragic waste … National Post
Radio NetherlandsThe TimesFOXNewsSydney Morning Herald
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NDTV.com

Democracy and death in Myanmar

Asia Times Online –
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – Amid Myanmar’s perhaps worst-ever natural disaster, the ruling junta has pushed through a new constitution which guarantees its future hold on political power.
When It Comes to Politics, Burmese Say, Government Is All Too Helpful New York Times
Myanmar’s charter sails through referendum Reuters
International Herald TribuneThe Canadian PressThe Associated PressEuronews.net
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Sydney Morning Herald

UN raises aid fund for Myanmar

NDTV.com –
The total amount of aid offered to Myanmar so far amounts to about $233 million, including the money raised by UN as a result of a flash appeal.
UN: Myanmar funding conference “success” Xinhua
UN says raised 60 pct of targeted Myanmar aid Reuters
ABS CBN NewsInternational Herald TribuneAmerican ChronicleUnited Press International
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Thai News Agency MCOT

Myanmar cyclone victims short of food

The Daily Yomiuri –
KYAUKTAN, Myanmar–A woman whose village was devastated by Cyclone Nargis early this month whispered about food shortages out of earshot of a government official.
Southeast Asian team to assess cyclone-hit Myanmar Forbes
Myanmar film industry takes on cyclone disaster Reuters UK
Real News NetworkPlus NewsIRINnews.orgAFP
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Boston Globe

French navy ship delivers aid to Burma

ABC Online –
A French navy ship has docked in Thailand to unload more than 1000 tonnes of supplies for cyclone victims in Burma. The ship is carrying enough food to sustain 100000 people for two weeks.
French ship rejected by Myanmar to leave aid in Thailand ABS CBN News
Burma diverts ship carrying aid Boston Globe
Nation MultimediaNew York TimesAHNReuters
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Food aid for Burma cyclone victims

Radio Australia –
The Royal Australian Air Force has delivered two helicopters to the UN in Thailand, which will be used to get much needed food aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. The C-17 touched down with its cargo late last night after an 11 and a half hour …
RAAF sends two helicopters to Burma NEWS.com.au
RAAF delivers choppers for Burma aid effort ABC Online
Globe and MailBangkok PostWFPRadio Australia
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Canada.com

Myanmar junta praises UN aid

International Herald Tribune – May 27, 2008
Witnesses say many villages have received no outside help, and waterways of the former Burma’s “rice bowl” remain littered with animal carcasses and corpses, either grotesquely bloated or rotting to the bone.
Myanmar finally opens its doors after Cyclone Nargis American Chronicle
Burma (Myanmar) opens door for aid, but remains wary Christian Science Monitor
Voice of AmericaNation MultimediaDaily NationYahoo! News
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Myanmar allows direct donation right down to cyclone-hit areas

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 28 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar authorities said it would allow direct personal donation right down to specific persons and regions in cyclone-hit areas, advising donors to seek assistance from the National Disaster Preparedness Committee (NDPC) …
Myanmar draft constitution approved with overwhelming votes Mathaba.Net
Myanmar’s biggest industrial zone partly resumes production Xinhua
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Pressure China on human rights post-Olympics: Amnesty

AFP –
Irene Khan said China’s growing weight as a world power means it can no longer ignore human rights both at home and abroad, after Western criticism of its involvement in hotspots like Sudan, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and North Korea.
Human rights not valued, Amnesty says Toronto Star
Amnesty International condemns US, China in report The Associated Press
Jerusalem PostBloombergReutersScotsman
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Philippines pledges relief aid to Myanmar

Inquirer.net –
The conference was meant to mobilize greater international assistance for Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the aftermath of Cyclone “Nargis” that devastated and flooded parts of the country on May 2 and 3. About 130000 have died, 19000 have been …


The Associated Press

UN chief sees Myanmar cooperation on survivors

The Associated Press –
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that some foreign aid workers have gone into Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged delta without problems, reflecting a “new spirit of cooperation” by the ruling junta. Ban flew to Myanmar last week …

Myanmar wants aid for cyclone-hit rice fields

ABS CBN News –
More than one million acres of farmland was flooded when the cyclone hit Myanmar’s main rice-growing region, state media said Wednesday, in an unusually frank request for assistance.


AFP

Myanmar extends Suu Kyi’s house arrest, detains activists

AFP –
… political prisoners in Burma and begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy, and other democratic and ethnic minority groups on a transition to democracy,” said Bush, referring to Myanmar by its former name.

view: Referendum farce in Burma —Václav Havel, Et Al

Daily Times –
In the midst of the cyclone’s devastation, Burma’s ruling generals went ahead and held a referendum on a new constitution.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 28, 2008 at 10:50 am

World Focus on Burma (27 May 08)

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Myanmar police detain Suu Kyi supporters

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Aljazeera.net

Foreigners enter cyclone-hit delta, testing Myanmar’s promise

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Foreign aid workers Tuesday pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.
Donors press Myanmar for access Seattle Times
Donors pledging Myanmar cyclone aid The Associated Press
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Canada.com

Myanmar generals claim referendum win

Canada.com –
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar declared victory Monday for a military-backed constitution, pressing ahead with its political agenda despite the devastation caused by the cyclone that left 133000 dead or missing.
State radio reports Myanmar constitution approved in cyclone-hit areas The Canadian Press
House arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi coming up for renewal International Herald Tribune
The AustralianEuronews.netSouth China Morning Post (subscription)The Statesman
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In Myanmar, Loss, Grief and, for Some, Resignation

New York Times –
AP A family in Pyapon, in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, on Monday. Few delta residents have received aid since the May 3 cyclone.


Sydney Morning Herald

Aid Agencies Test Burma’s Pledge to Allow Access to Cyclone Hit Areas

Voice of America –
By VOA News Aid agencies say they are sending relief teams into cyclone-hit areas of Burma Monday to test the military government’s pledge to allow unrestricted access to their workers.
UN boss hopeful over Burma Scotsman
Donors urge Burma to live up to commitments CTV.ca
Progress LeaderMelbourne Herald SunDeutsche WelleScotsman
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stv.tv

Myanmar film industry takes on cyclone disaster

Reuters UK –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military rulers have been slammed for their slow response to Cyclone Nargis, but the same cannot be said of the country’s tiny film industry, which is already busy turning the devastating storm into myth.
Japan sends team to cyclone-hit Myanmar: officials ReliefWeb (press release)
Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 20 ReliefWeb (press release)
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Voice of America

Burma must open up to aid experts: US

Sydney Morning Herald – May 25, 2008
“The United States is prepared to offer much more, and we know that we must act quickly to prevent further loss of life,” she told the conference, where Myanmar is expected to ask for more than 10 billion US dollars in assistance.
45 countries pledge aid, insist on Burma access Bangkok Post
South-East Asia makes half-hearted attempts to help Burma Daily Nation
Inquirer.netReutersVoice of AmericaBangkok Post
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Journal of Turkish Weekly

Aust committed to Burma relief effort

ABC Online – May 25, 2008
“Australia’s expressed its views about the regime in Myanmar (Burma) and the Foreign Minister’s expressed our views about the referendum and the process and the constitution,” Mr McMullan said.
Australia to monitor its $25m Burma aid Sydney Morning Herald
McMullan to travel to Burma The Age
TeleTextReliefWeb (press release)ABC OnlineSydney Morning Herald
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Boston Globe

Burma diverts ship carrying aid

Boston Globe –
Ban offered no details, according to reporters from news agencies who were permitted to accompany him in Burma. “There is good reason to hope that aid to the worst affected areas of Myanmar will increase significantly in the coming days,” Ban said, …

Harper government backtracks, allows longer time for Burma donations

The Canadian Press –
The offer excluded all the donations that poured in immediately after the devastating May 2 cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and the May 12 earthquake in China. Humanitarian groups say the flow of donations is typically greatest within the …


The Associated Press

Conditions ripe for disease in Myanmar

The Associated Press –
DEDAYE, Myanmar (AP) – Myint Hlaing’s family bathes and draws cooking water from an irrigation ditch fouled by human waste and a rotting cow carcass.


Xinhua

Fire at Myanmar embassy in Thailand; no injuries reported

International Herald Tribune –
AP BANGKOK, Thailand: Fire ripped through part of Myanmar’s embassy in Thailand on Monday, closing the visa section and dashing the hopes of many aid workers anxiously waiting to enter the cyclone-ravaged country.
Fire at Myanmar embassy in Bangkok destroys consular offices Xinhua
Fire hits Myanmar embassy in Thailand Inquirer.net
Times Now.tvFrance24AHNGulfNews
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Myanmar junta tightens security near Suu Kyi home

Reuters –
YANGON, May 27 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military rulers tightened security around the home of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, the day her latest year-long stretch of house arrest is due to expire.


PRESS TV

Burma constitution approved

Independent Online –
Yangon – Myanmar declared victory on Monday for a military-backed constitution after a second round of voting in regions hit by the cyclone, claiming nearly 93 percent endorsed the charter, state media said.
Burma junta declares referendum victory Radio Australia
Burma’s charter sails through referendum ABC Online
Bombay News
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AFP

Myanmar tightens security around Suu Kyi’s home, party

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar tightened security Tuesday around Aung San Suu Kyi’s home and her party’s offices, witnesses said, as the regime is believed to be preparing to extend her house arrest.

Burma’s junta stalling relief workers: Costello

ABC Online –
World Vision CEO Tim Costello says Burma’s ruling military junta is still not allowing disaster relief experts access to cyclone-ravaged areas.

Foreign Relief Workers Begin to Arrive in Burma

Washington Post –
By Amy Kazmin BANGKOK, May 26 — Foreign relief workers began filtering into Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta on Monday, as aid agencies tested whether the ruling military junta would keep its promise to permit a major international effort to help the 2.5 …

Aid agencies to test Burma’s new openness

guardian.co.uk –
Aid agencies, whose international staff have been barred from the areas of Burma worst-hit by Cyclone Nargis, were yesterday preparing to test the Burmese regime’s new openness following the UN’s apparent diplomatic breakthrough.


Voice of America

Analysts Say ASEAN Tries to Bridge Burma’s Trust Issue With West

Voice of America –
“One would imagine it took a while for them [Burma’s government] to open up and come to the meeting and meet the whole group,” said Caballero-Anthony .

Myanmar prelate says cyclone set Church back decade

Reuters –
By Phil Stewart VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The tiny Roman Catholic Church in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar is struggling to do its bit to help cyclone survivors, with parishes so damaged that it could take a decade to rebuild, its leader said on Monday.


Christian Science Monitor

Burma (Myanmar) opens door for aid, but remains wary

Christian Science Monitor –
Bangkok, Thailand – A drumbeat of diplomatic pressure on the military rulers of Burma (Myanmar) has cracked open the door for more international aid to reach cyclone survivors after weeks of scattershot deliveries.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 27, 2008 at 6:24 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (24 May 2008)

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Voice of America

Myanmar cyclone victims vote on eve of aid conference

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar opened polls for hundreds of thousands of cyclone victims, many hungry, homeless and still waiting for aid, in a much-criticised constitutional referendum Saturday ahead of a key donors’ conference.
Myanmar Holds Ballot in Region Devastated by Cyclone (Update1) Bloomberg
Myanmar votes across cyclone zone Hindustan Times
Voice of AmericaBBC NewsBloombergVoice of America
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Cautious response to Burma pledge

BBC News –
Aid agencies have given a cautious welcome to the announcement that Burma’s leaders will allow all foreign relief workers into cyclone-hit areas.
“No time to lose” after Myanmar cyclone deal Reuters
Myanmar to allow foreign help for cyclone victims The Associated Press
Washington PostNew York TimesChicago TribuneTimes Online
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China Daily

Arizona State University supercomputing helps Myanmar relief efforts

Bizjournals.com –
Arizona State University has put its supercomputing powers to use to aid relief organizations trying to reach Myanmar. The country in southeast Asia was devastated by Cyclone Nargis on May 2, and recent reports have placed the number of people dead or …
National soccer team to resume training next month in cyclone-hit … Xinhua
DPM Wong to give update on Mas Selamat case; MPs ask about Myanmar … TODAYonline
The Asian Banker (subscription)Bombay NewsTimes OnlineEconomic Times
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Voice of America

Myanmar Holds Ballot in Region Devastated by Cyclone (Update1)

Bloomberg –
The US has denounced the vote, saying the charter aims to prolong military rule in the country formerly known as Burma, and is calling on the junta to focus instead on providing humanitarian relief.
Myanmar votes across cyclone zone Hindustan Times
Burma Prepares for Referendum in Areas Devastated by Cyclone Voice of America
BBC NewsRadio NetherlandsAFPVoice of America
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Monsters and Critics.com

Norway ready to help cyclone victims in Burma

Aftenposten –
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon could finally report a breakthrough in international efforts to aid cyclone victims in Burma on Friday, announcing that the country’s military leaders had agreed to allow disaster assistance.
Myanmar: Health cluster situation report no. 17, 23 May 2008 ReliefWeb (press release)
ASEAN Warns Burma to Boost Confidence Ahead of Donors Meeting Voice of America
Philippine StarNation MultimediaReliefWeb (press release)ReliefWeb (press release)
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 24, 2008 at 5:23 am

World Focus on Burma (17 May 08)

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Human Rights Watch condemns Myanmar constitutional vote

Radio Australia, Australia –

International rights group Human Rights Watch says the results of Burma’s constitutional referendum is fatally flawed. Urging foreign governments to reject …

Myanmar death toll soars

International Herald Tribune, France –

Cases of cholera, endemic to much of the former Burma, have been found although the number of outbreaks are no more than would normally be seen at this time …

Death toll from Myanmar cyclone nearly doubles

The Associated Press –

In an interview with the Democratic Voice of Burma, the abbot of Mandalay’s Maha Gandaryon monastery said monks were stockpiling relief supplies and getting …

Burma/Myanmar: ACN gives help to Burma

Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –

By John Newton CATHOLIC charity Aid to the Church in Need has announced an urgent aid package after Burma was ravaged by a cyclone that left more than 1.5 …

‘Race against the weather’

The Age, Australia –

Mr Costello was restricted to the Burma’s capital Rangoon during his visit. He said the city had been on the periphery of the cyclone but its savagery was …

Junta closes off Rangoon

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Burma’s military rulers have thrown a tightening ring of security around Rangoon, blocking aid workers, foreign diplomats and journalists from reaching …

Utahns rally to help cyclone victims

Salt Lake Tribune, United States –

Sammy Samuels, 27, a native of Burma – the name he prefers over Myanmar – turned on his phone to find more than 20 messages. ” ‘How’s your family? …

A disaster in the making

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

In 2004 it was the tsunami; in 2008 a devastating cyclone in Burma and horrific earthquake in China. This time many thousands of people have died but our …

Myanmar official cyclone toll soars to 78000

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

“We are still trying to convince the authority of Burma to authorize us to go there,” Ripert said. “The ship will be off the coast of the delta, …

Cyclone victims ‘without food’

The Press Association –

But the United Nations said the relief supplies sent into Burma by the international community remain far below the needs of up to 2.5 million victims of …

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Burmese Monks Pray For Cyclone Victims

NY1, NY –

As the death toll in the cyclone-ridden nation of Myanmar doubled to nearly 78000 Friday, Burmese monks fasted outside the United Nations to pray for the …

EU envoy cautiously optimistic on getting Myanmar cooperation

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand: The European Union’s development aid chief said he was cautiously optimistic that Myanmar’s military government will cooperate with …

Luxique Profits to Go to China Earthquake Relief

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

… is to mirror its support for the cyclone victims in Burma (Myanmar) with a similar effort for those affected by the devastating earthquake in China. …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews

United Press International –

The military government of the country formerly known as Burma has kept foreign aid agencies from the areas devastated by the storm, which hit two weeks ago …

Burma denounces ‘warship’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

He dismissed as “nonsense” the request by the government of Burma that France deliver the material through airlift in Rangoon. …

Canada’s special response team waits for phone to ring

Globe and Mail, Canada –

… long-term Canadian development groups that are already in Myanmar, also known as Burma, because they were operating there before the cyclone struck. …

Asia Beat : May 15 08

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

While the workers were thanking her, the woman, overcome with emotion for the victims of the Burma cyclone, gave more money, for a total donation of $74000. …

More Campaign Staffers Out Because of New Ethics Policy

Washington Post, United States –

… manager Doug Davenport and Republican convention chief Doug Goodyear — for representing the military government in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Rain deepens Myanmar misery; death toll soars

Reuters India, India –

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Torrential rain lashed survivors of Cyclone Nargis on Friday as Myanmar’s junta raised its toll sharply to more than …

Hunger, despair take hold in Myanmar

Globe and Mail, Canada –

Once a rich British colony known as Burma, Myanmar is now at risk of famine after the cyclone wiped out vast swathes of the country’s rice-growing delta …

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Myanmar says more than 133000 dead, missing in cyclone

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar has said that more than 133000 people were dead or missing in the cyclone disaster, nearly doubling the official toll two weeks after …

Neighbors to Press Burma on Response

Washington Post, United States –

Burma this week finally allowed a disaster assessment team from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to travel to the Irrawaddy Delta region, …

Locals mobilize for Burma relief

Contra Costa Times, CA –

We have to create it,” said Michael Gaw, 20, of Fremont, who left Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, with his family a decade ago. “Obviously, we don’t trust …

France criticizes Myanmar for barring aid ship

WBOC TV 16, MD –

AP – May 16, 2008 8:33 PM ET UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The French ambassador to the United Nations says unless Myanmar allows aid to be delivered to cyclone …

Cyclone Nargis Aid finally reaching Burma’s cyclone victims but ...

Welt Online, Germany –

Burma is also known as Myanmar. „Even in Yangon area, which is reachable by the regime, people are complaining they are not getting aid. …

China reluctant to prod ally Myanmar to ease limits on foreign …

Welt Online, Germany –

The disaster is a reminder of China’s close ties with dictatorships such as Zimbabwe, Sudan and Myanmar – also called Burma – at a time when Beijing wants …

Myanmar Accuses French Aid Ship of Being ‘Warship’

The Ledger, FL –

“I was interrupted after my first sentence by the ambassador of Myanmar, who denounced the fact that France was sending a warship to Burma,” Ripert told …

Death penalty sought in domestic violence shooting

Borglobe, Sudan –

… and the Democratic Republic of Congo – is also taking root in Asia, specifically in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines. …

Disasters and horrific death… and nothing changes

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Now the world was watching new tragedies unfurl in China and Burma. On Wednesday, Ms Gunathilaka reflected and said she didn’t believe her village would …

France angered by Burmese delays

BBC News, UK –

“Hundreds of thousands of lives are in jeopardy and we think that the primary responsibility of the government of Myanmar (Burma) is to help and open the …

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Most survivors of cyclone are men

The Press Association –

Up to 90% of deaths in the villages worst-hit by Burma’s cyclone could have been women, children and the elderly, aid charities have said. …

POLITICS: Burma Fears Politicisation of Humanitarian Crisis

IPS, Italy –

… May 16 (IPS) – The United Nations, which has accelerated its pace of humanitarian assistance to cyclone-devastated Burma (Myanmar), is making little or …

US lawmakers ask Bush to consider Myanmar ‘intervention’

AFP –

“We now face the possible death of 2.5 million people in Burma (Myanmar). Thirteen days after the cyclone hit, there is no more time to wait,” they warned …

McCain asks staff to disclose lobbying ties

The Associated Press –

… hired to improve the image of Myanmar’s military junta. “I found out that two people had, some years ago, been involved with the government of Burma, …

Leading article: The biggest tragedy for Burma

Independent, UK –

Burma’s misfortune has been that it has suffered a natural disaster. Its tragedy has been to have a government so callous and so suspicious of the outside …

Burma raises cyclone death toll to 78000 but true figure much higher

Independent, UK –

Mr Gurtner doubted whether the 27000 volunteers of the Myanmar Red Cross Society were up to the gigantic task of providing enough clean water. …

Myanmar Native Living In Pittsburgh Worried About Family Back Home

Pittsburgh Channel.com, PA –

His wife and child are still in Myanmar. Kyi said he fled what he calls an oppressive regime in his home country, which he still refers to as Burma. …

France criticizes Myanmar for barring aid ship

The Associated Press –

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France criticized Myanmar’s military junta on Friday for refusing to allow a French Navy ship with 1500 tons of aid for victims of …

China Backs Myanmar in Resisting Demands to Take Aid (Update3)

Bloomberg –

By Demian McLean May 17 (Bloomberg) — China is backing Myanmar as it resists pressure from the US and other nations to admit more relief workers and …

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Sugar Land Issues Statement Of Sympathy For Disaster Victims

FortBendNow, TX –

On Friday afternoon, the government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, dramatically raised the death count resulting from a cyclone that hit the Southeast …

US supplies groups directly in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

The Bush administration refers to Myanmar by its traditional name, Burma, and its former capital as Rangoon instead of the junta’s “Yangon. …

Myanmar: Too little too late, warns UN, rice crops threatened

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Two weeks after Cyclone Nargis devastated parts of Burma, aid is trickling in and some relief workers have been allowed to enter the country, …

France urges stronger UN action on Myanmar

Focus News, Bulgaria –

The French envoy to the United Nations called on the world body Friday to take stronger action to persuade cyclone-hit Myanmar to open up to foreign …

Should We Invade Myanmar?

Town Hall, DC –

What will the slogan be this time: no war to deliver food in Burma? We all know the United Nations will not act in time. Too many of the world’s governments …

Myanmar: MCC seeks $500000 for cyclone response

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Contributions should be designated “Myanmar (Burma) relief and recovery” and may be made online at mcc.org/donate or at any MCC office. …

USAID Prepares Emergency Food Assistance for Haiti

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

WASHINGTON, May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Henrietta Fore sent the director of her …

DEC agencies have been delivering vital health and medical relief …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

To make an urgent donation to its Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. Donate online: http://www.dec.org.uk or call: 0870 60 60 900. By Emergency:

ACT launches US $5.1m appeal for cyclone survivors in Myanmar (Burma)

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

BANGKOK/GENEVA, May 16, 2008 — Responding to the increasingly critical need for humanitarian relief in Myanmar (Burma), ACT International launched a …

OBI Delivers Water, Food to Burma Children

Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –

By Staci Dennis CBNNews.com – MYANMAR – Operation Blessing has teamed up with local residents, aid workers and medical staff to help get food, water and aid …

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Lutheran World Relief Efforts Reaching Those In Need In Myanmar …

Lutheran World Relief (press release), MD –

Baltimore, May 16, 2008 — Lutheran World Relief has already assisted 100000 people on the ground in Myanmar (Burma) in response to the fatal Cyclone Nargis …

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How to help

Seattle Times, United States –

US Campaign for Burma: Providing funds to groups working in Myanmar for intermediate relief rebuilding communities. Donate via http://www.uscampaignforburma.org. …

Uncertainty on kin’s fate worry Burmese in Baguio City

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

By Gobleth Moulic BAGUIO CITY – Clueless and anxious over what happened to their relatives and friends after Cyclone “Nargis” hit Burma (Myanmar), …

Myanmar Cyclone Hits Close to Home for Refugees

NewsHour –

My family was from Burma. I was born in a refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. I came to the United States only 10 months ago and I came …

McCain Staffers Run Afoul of Campaign Ethics Policy

Washington Post, United States –

… regional campaign manager Doug Davenport and Republican convention chief Doug Goodyear — for representing the military government in Burma. …

Myanmar accuses France of sending ‘warship’

Reuters –

“I was interrupted after my first sentence by the ambassador of Myanmar, who denounced the fact that France was sending a warship to Burma,” Ripert told …

McCain issues new ethics policy for staff

Boston Globe, United States –

… in the past week because of their employment at a public relations and lobbying firm that represented the repressive ruling junta in Burma in the past. …

EU Calls on Myanmar Authorities to Open Humanitarian Gateway

Business Wire (press release), CA –

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, has made a strong appeal to the Myanmar authorities …

Exiled Burmese politician seeks Bay Area support

The Argus, CA –

… the Union of Burma, Win said he wants to promote community-based funding networks to help cyclone victims and free his homeland, now known as Myanmar, …

Get Out On Main Street – THIS Tuesday, May 20th!

The News Journal, DE –

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma (Myanmar) on May 2, 2008 and Red Cross has since estimated the death toll to be between 68833 and 127990. 10 days later, on May 12, …

Burma: A Fake Constitution for Suffering People

Newropeans Magazine, France –

… the Burma Irrawaddy delta on 3 May and the incompetent military response for relief efforts did not prevent the government of Myanmar from carrying out …

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Junta: 90 percent supported constitution

United Press International –

Only part of the country, formerly known as Burma, voted in Saturday’s referendum. The vote was postponed to May 24 in Yangon and the Irawaddy Delta because …

Official Death Toll In Burmese Cyclone Disaster Jumps To 78000

RTT News, NY –

The report comes a day before the Burma’s military regime is due to take foreign diplomats to tour of the Irrawaddy delta, the worst hit region. …

Do Great Stuff Supports China and Burma Disaster Relief Efforts

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

Within one week, a typhoon ravaged Myanmar, Burma, killing at least 28000, while an earthquake in western China measuring 7.2 killed more than 50000 people …

Junta rebuffs EU humanitarian Commissioner

Mizzima.com, India –

Bangkok – The European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Lois Michel has left Burma empty-handed. He failed to convince Burma’s military rulers …

Myanmar accuses France of sending ‘warship’

Reuters –

“I was interrupted after my first sentence by the ambassador of Myanmar, who denounced the fact that France was sending a warship to Burma,” Ripert told …

Death toll doubles in Myanmar cyclone, UN still in dark about …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

In an interview with the Democratic Voice of Burma, the abbot of Mandalay’s Maha Gandaryon monastery said monks were stockpiling relief supplies and getting …

Relief agencies trying to help cyclone victims Local groups …

Burlington Post, Canada –

By Ryan Bolton It has been nearly two weeks since Cyclone Nargis wreaked havoc on Myanmar and local relief organizations are still hitting a brick wall in …

Are we prepared?

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

MANILA, Philippines—The recent spate of disasters that killed and dislocated thousands of people—a cyclone that swept Burma (Myanmar), a 7.9 magnitude …

Cyclone death toll soars to 78000

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

The official death toll for the cyclone in Myanmar has risen to almost 78000, with some 56000 reported missing, according to state television. …

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Worldwide Industrial Marketplace Responds to Asia Disasters by …

PR.com (press release), NY –

USA Today reported the deaths in Burma could reach 10000. “Both disasters are just devastating and right now getting emergency teams to survivors with food, …

Editorial: Stopping the helpers

Vail Daily News, CO –

That’s what makes the situation in Myanmar — which used to be Burma — beyond appalling. That country near India, whose people are shackled with both …

78000 dead in Myanmar 56.000 missing

Bombay News, India –

Burma’s state media say the death toll from cyclone Nargis has reached almost 78000 and that another 56000 people are missing. …

ShelterBox aids with cyclone victims

Bradenton Herald, United States –

Funds raised for the club’s ShelterBox program are assisting is the delivery of aid from the United Kingdom to the country formerly known as Burma. …

UN chief warns Myanmar death toll could soar without more aid to …

The Canadian Press, UNITED NATIONS –

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the already horrific death in Myanmar could increase dramatically unless Myanmar’s military …

UN chief warns of increasing Myanmar death toll unless military ...

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Ban told the UN General Assembly that he was sending UN humanitarian chief John Holmes this weekend to Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Update: China, Myanmar Death Count Continue To Climb

AHN –

Beijing, China (AHN) – Disaster-ravaged neighbors China and Burma registered increases in their respective death tolls on Friday. …

India sends doctors to Burma

BBC News, UK –

“The request was made by the Myanmar government to our Ministry of External Affairs which in turn passed it on to the Ministry of Defence,” says Wing …

Burma: the misery, the fear and the secrecy

Independent, UK –

All that is known is that a Myanmar state television report today said the official death toll has jumped sharply, to 77738 from a previous figure of 43328. …

EU Aid Commissioner returns from Myanmar without concrete results

Monsters and Critics.com –

Bangkok – EU aid Commissioner Louis Michel was returning from Myanmar Friday after a two-day visit to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, without making any concrete …

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UN to send envoy to Burma

Peterborough Examiner, Canada –

The UN secretary general has decided to dispatch his top emergency relief co-ordinator to Myanmar, if he can get a visa from the country’s military rulers. …

Negotiating aid politics

BBC News, UK –

By Mike Thomson Getting aid staff and relief supplies into Burma is already difficult. Criticise the country’s generals and it threatens to become …

Stars Come To The Aid Of Myanmar

KBS Radio, Canada –

Myanmar, still recognized as Burma by many nations, has been under the strict military rule of Senior General Than Shwe since 1992.

Junta ‘hiding Burma tragedy scale’

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s military leaders have been accused of deliberately keeping the full plight of suffering cyclone survivors from aid agencies. …

‘They must help us help them’: EU official on Myanmar

EUbusiness (press release), UK –

(BANGKOK) – The European Union’s humanitarian aid chief on Friday said the international community should press Myanmar to speed up the relief and recovery …

UN chief: Myanmar death toll could rise without more aid to help …

International Herald Tribune, France –

Ripert said it was “unacceptable” and warned that refusing to allow aid to be delivered to people in need or in danger in the country, also known as Burma, …

Burma: Aid at the Point of a Gun

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

Now, the question is whether the R2P could intervene in Myanmar, or formerly known as Burma, when reports reach the UN that the military junta is preventing …

Rain deepens Myanmar misery; death toll spikes

National Post, Canada –

In a shock update to a death toll that had consistently lagged behind international aid agency estimates, state television in the army-ruled former Burma …

Myanmar Cyclones and the Michigan Storm of 1998

Associated Content, CO –

By Mar, published May 16, 2008 We in the US watch in horror as the death toll escalates from the cyclone in Myanmar, Burma. Or do we? …

Official Myanmar death toll increases to 78000

Afrique en ligne, France –

The majority of the casualties from the cyclone having taken place in Burma. Only once rescue workers reached the hardest hit areas of the storm did they …

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Death Toll Rises in Myanmar as Torrential Rains Lash the …

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

Despite the latest storm, which is likely to turn already damaged roads to mud in the region, the former Burma’s ruling generals insist their relief …

Brown clarifies Burma remarks

Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –

MAY.08 The British Prime Minister’s office has clarified earlier comments that the UN was organising an emergency summit on Burma’s cyclone disaster. …

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

Question: When Mr. Holmes was here last week, he indicated that he probably wouldn’t be going to Myanmar. Did something change between then and now? …

Myanmar says more than 133000 dead, missing in cyclone

Tolerance.ca, Canada –

Michel has warned that the impoverished country, once a rich British colony known as Burma, is at risk of famine after Cyclone Nargis wiped out vast swathes …

Church group moves swiftly in wake of Myanmar cyclone

Nashua Telegraph, NH –

The people of Myanmar certainly need every little bit of help. The cyclone that hit the Asian country formerly known as Burma killed more than 43000 people, …

Myanmar cyclone: Burma death toll jumps to 78000

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent, and Martina Smit The official death toll of the cyclone disaster in Burma has risen to 78000, …

Red Cross: Burma Water Lack Deadly

TIME –

16, 2008 By AP The international Red Cross says a lack of clean water will be the biggest killer in Burma in the coming days. …

Red Cross appeal for Burma donations

Ross-Shire Journal, UK –

It is ready to accept donations from members of the public so that the DEC can rapidly scale up its emergency response to the cyclone which hit Myanmar. …

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Burma survivor stories are told

CBBC Newsround, UK –

The sad stories of some of the survivors of the cyclone in Burma are being told for the first time. The country has been devastated by Cyclone Nargis and …

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Digging out after quake
TheChronicleHerald.ca, Canada –
… earlier in May by the military authorities in neighbouring Myanmar, also known as Burma, the Chinese government reacted swiftly to the natural disaster. …
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Myanmar and Catanduanes
Catanduanes Tribune, Philippines –
With the death toll rising in last week’s typhoon in Myanmar (also known as Burma), any other living Catandungeño, by experience, would have no defined way, …
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Brocktown News

United States Rushing Aid Flights to China, Burma
NewsBlaze, CA –
More US relief flights also are headed to Burma and, separately, the United States is sending 500000 metric tons of food assistance to North Korea, …
US supplies groups directly in Myanmar The Associated Press
Pilot Describes First Myanmar Relief Flight Aero-News Network
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China, Myanmar challenge us to help; heed the call
MLive.com, MI –
In the former Burma, a medieval-minded military junta keeps out most foreign aid workers, while mountains and ruined roads frustrate efforts to reach those …
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Sundance Photographic Workshops Supporting China and Burma …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
Within the span of one week, a typhoon ravaged Myanmar, Burma, killing at least 28000, while an earthquake in western China measuring 7.2 killed more than …
PHOTO ADVISORY — Sundance Photographic Workshops StreetInsider.com (subscription)
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Myanmar designer weaves hope for Japan’s immigrants
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
“And when that happens and I’m an established designer, then I could begin to take inspiration from Burma,” he said.
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Mercy Corps defends Chevron gift to aid Myanmar
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR –
Yes,” said Jeremy Woodrum, director of the US Campaign for Burma, a Washington, DC-based group opposed to Myanmar’s regime. “But they’re not the ones at …CVX
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TopNews

Myanmar Cyclone Leaves 500000 Children Needing Help (Update2)
Bloomberg –
Before the cyclone struck, about one in three children in the country formerly known as Burma were already malnourished, according to the UN. …
Myanmar: Thousands of children lost and in danger ReliefWeb (press release)
Cyclone Nargis impact ‘bigger than tsunami’ NEWS.com.au
‘Race against the weather’ The Age
Thaindian.comNew Scientist (subscription)
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In Burma, good intentions are no match for thuggery
Houston Chronicle, United States –
By AUSTIN BAY How many people have died in Burma (Myanmar) since Cyclone Nargis struck the South Asian nation on May 3? Friday, Burman’s dictatorship …
Burma Global Action Network Urges Efficient Aid for the … PR.com (press release)
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Luxique Profits to Go to China Earthquake Relief
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
… is to mirror its support for the cyclone victims in Burma (Myanmar) with a similar effort for those affected by the devastating earthquake in China. …
Ottawa’s dollar-match promise sparks plea for donations
Globe and Mail, Canada –
As the death toll in both countries has climbed, to 200000 by some estimates in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, and 50000 in China, concerns among the …
Canada’s special response team waits for phone to ring Globe and Mail
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Locals mobilize for Burma relief
Contra Costa Times, CA –
We have to create it,” said Michael Gaw, 20, of Fremont, who left Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, with his family a decade ago. “Obviously, we don’t trust …
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Repression plumbs new depths under Burma’s Than Shwe
Toronto Star, Canada –
In Than Shwe’s Burma (which he caused to be renamed Myanmar), repression has plumbed new depths. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, …
Exiled Burmese politician seeks Bay Area support The Argus
Why Myanmar’s generals shun aid ABS CBN News
The deluge to come The Australian
United Press International, AsiaMarin Independent-Journal
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Washington Post, United States –
(CONCERT) Local musicians and radio DJs are putting on a show at the Rock and Roll Hotel to benefit cyclone-ravaged Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
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Boston Globe

News-starved Burmese snap up grim cyclone videos
Reuters UK, UK –
Two weeks after Nargis struck, the former Burma’s military rulers have admitted that nearly 78000 people were killed and another 56000 are missing after one …
Still reeling from military junta, Burma a mess after cyclone Southeast Asian Press Alliance
Help save Burma Catholic Leader
A Disgrace to the Human Race OhmyNews International
Dallas Baptist StandardReuters
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UK gives £12m more aid to Burma
BBC News, UK –
Donations to the DEC Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal have now surpassed £6m. Chief executive Brendan Gormley said he could not stress enough the vital …
Britain pledges more aid for Myanmar cyclone victims AFP
British prime minister seeks emergency UN summit on Myanmar aid International Herald Tribune
Burma: Britain pledges extra £12m The Press Association
ReliefWeb (press release)TeleText
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‘Our holiday to Burma will haunt us forever’
Independent Online, South Africa –
… the heart-breaking human suffering and utter desperation left in the wake of Burma’s (also known as Myanmar) deadly cyclone earlier this month. …
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Canoe.ca

Hunger, despair take hold in Myanmar
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Once a rich British colony known as Burma, Myanmar is now at risk of famine after the cyclone wiped out vast swathes of the country’s rice-growing delta …
Canada sending aid shipment to Myanmar AFP
Canadian Forces plane carrying aid for Myanmar arrives in Bangkok The Canadian Press
Canadian shelter kits close to reaching Burmese CTV.ca
Canada.comAOL Canada
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Radio Australia

An Asean ‘Coalition of Mercy’
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… advice to his counterpart in Burma (Myanmar), Foreign Minister Nyan Win, on the matter of assistance and support for the victims of cyclone Nargis. …
Burma’s neighbors step in Christian Science Monitor
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Myanmar junta warns people not to hoard aid

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Myanmar junta warns people not to hoard aid

15 May 2008

Myanmar’s junta warned Thursday that legal action would be taken against people who trade or hoard international aid in the aftermath of this month’s devastating cyclone.

It was the first acknowledgment by the military government, albeit indirectly, of problems with relief operations in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, which left at least 38,491 people dead and 27,838 missing.

The warning came amid reports that foreign aid was being sold openly in markets, and that the military was pilfering and diverting aid for its own use.

The ruling junta has been blasted by aid agencies for refusing to allow most foreign experts into the hard-hit Irrawaddy delta and not responding adequately to what they say is a spiraling crisis.

Relief workers also reported some storm survivors were being given spoiled or poor-quality food rather than nutrition-rich biscuits sent by international donors, adding to fears that the ruling military junta in the Southeast Asian country could be misappropriating assistance.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday that it had confirmed an Associated Press report that the military had seized high-energy biscuits that came from abroad, and distributed low-quality, locally produced biscuits to survivors.

Thursday’s radio announcement obliquely denied the military was misappropriating aid.

“The government has systematically accepted donations and has distributed the relief goods immediately and directly to the victims,” it said.

The government says 38,491 people are known dead and 27,838 missing in the May 2-3 cyclone. But the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimated the death toll was between 68,833 and 127,990. The U.N. says more than 100,000 may have died.

The U.N. and the Red Cross say between 1.6 and 2.5 million people are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Only 270,000 have been reached so far by the aid groups.

Tons of foreign aid including water, blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, medicines and tents have been sent to Myanmar, but its delivery has been slowed down because of bottlenecks, poor infrastructure and bureaucratic tangles.

The junta insists on taking control of the distribution. It has allowed the U.N. and some other agencies to hand out the aid directly but prohibited their few foreign staff allowed into Myanmar from leaving Yangon, the country’s main city.

Police have turned back foreigners from checkpoints at the city’s exits.

“There is a visible fence around Yangon that we don’t dare cross. A circle has been drawn around Yangon and expats are confined there,” said Tim Costello of aid group World Vision.

He said the group has delivered aid to 100,000 people in spite of the “narrow parameters.” But there are tens of thousands more who haven’t received help because of heavy rain and lack of helicopters and expert staff.

“While you are getting aid through, it’s like getting it through on a 3-inch pipe not 30-inch pipe,” Costello said.

The regime insists it can handle the disaster on its own — a stance that appears to stem not from its abilities but its deep suspicion of most foreigners, who have frequently criticized its human rights abuses and crackdown on democracy activists.

In a clear sign that politics is playing a role, the junta granted approval to 160 relief workers from India, China, Bangladesh and Thailand, which have rarely criticized Myanmar’s democracy record.

With professional aid workers in short supply, ordinary citizens — including businessmen, housewives, monks, Christian priests and students — have rushed in to provide help.

But even Myanmar citizens are being restricted by the security forces, said Zaw Htin, a 21-year-old medical student who visited hard-hit Bogaley town on Wednesday.

“They (military) don’t want us to stay and talk to people. They want us to leave the supplies with them for distribution. But how can I treat them if I can’t talk to them? How do we administer medical care if we can’t touch them, feel their pulse or give them advice?” she said.

“It was overwhelming even for us who have seen a lot of suffering and death,” Zaw Htin said.

Also Thursday, the junta announced that voters had overwhelmingly backed a pro-military constitution in a referendum that was held one week after the cyclone.

Human rights organizations and dissident groups bitterly accused the junta of neglecting disaster victims in going ahead with the vote, and have criticized the proposed constitution as designed to perpetuate military rule.

State radio said the draft constitution was approved by 92.4 percent of the 22 million eligible voters. It put voter turnout Saturday at more than 99 percent of eligible voters in areas that went to the polls.

Voting was postponed until May 24 in the Irrawaddy delta and Yangon areas, which were worst hit by Cyclone Nargis. But state radio said the results of the late balloting could not mathematically reverse the constitution’s approval.

“People are dying and they are talking about the referendum?” said Kyaw Muang, a small food store owner in Yangon. “They (the generals) don’t even care about dying people, you think they care about democracy for living people?” he said.

“I don’t care about the referendum. It doesn’t mean anything,” he said.

Human Rights Watch also slammed the timing of the constitution announcement and questioned the accuracy of the results.

David Mathieson, a spokesman in Bangkok, Thailand, said the junta hopes that by announcing the results now it would divert attention away from its handling of the disaster and its refusal to cooperate with the international community.

“It seems strategically timed because you would have thought with how busy they were in cleaning up the cyclone that they never would have had time to count this properly,” he said.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press.

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Samaritan’s Purse allowed into Myanmar

OneNewsNow, MS –

Permission to begin the relief flights was received ten days after Cyclone Nargis ravaged Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The ruling military junta has …

Estimated 3.2 Million Burmese Potentially Affected By Cyclone

Science Daily (press release) –

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the researchers calculated the likely distribution of the population of Burma (also known as Myanmar) and …

Red Cross: Up to 128000 Dead in Burma

Democracy Now, NY –

The death toll from Burma’s Cyclone Nargis continues to rise. The military junta’s official toll is at thirty-eight thousand, with another 28000 missing.

Monitors needed to protect Myanmar aid–rights group

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

“The delivery of relief supplies can’t be left entirely in the hands of Burma’s abusive military, or aid simply won’t reach those most in need,” said Brad

His master’s voice

Guardian Unlimited, UK –

There is not a chance of this happening in Burma (we still call it Burma, unlike most of the rest of the world, which describes it as Myanmar: sooner or …

Myanmar storm survivors fear forced labor

United Press International –

RANGOON, Myanmar, May 15 (UPI) — Survivors of the Myanmar cyclone are reported being herded into government camps and fear they will used as forced labor. …

East Bay immigrants take earthquake and cyclone aid into their own …

Daily Review Online, CA –

Burmese immigrants have faced additional hurdles in trying to organize relief efforts in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in part because of political

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Surin’s remarks came despite Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s policy that her government will not ratify the charter if Myanmar’s military

Stallone returns as Rambo in special screenings

NewHampshire.com, NH –

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TOM WATKINS: The people of Burma/Myanmar are swamped – please help

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eGov monitor, UK – Commissioner Louis Michel has indicated that he intends to travel to Myanmar Burma next Tuesday, immediately after the meeting. There, he will meet with the …

ASEAN defends its response to Burma

Radio Australia, Australia – … entered Myanmar, the assessment team that ASEAN has put together. LOPRESTI: So in your view do you believe ASEAN is doing all it can in terms of Burma? …

Contrasting tale of two disasters

Adelaidenow, Australia – First, Cyclone Nargis left an estimated 100000 dead in Burma, with at least 1.5 million people homeless or in need. The toll climbs daily and United Nations …

Canadians off to Myanmar for relief work

Belleville Intelligencer, Canada –

Canadian emergency shelters are on their way to Myanmar thanks to a joint effort by the Canadian government and the Canadian Red Cross. …

MYANMAR: Cyclone devastates rice market

IRINnews.org, NY – “I think the overall projection is of incredible hardship,” said Sean Turnell, a Macquarie University expert on Myanmar and editor of Burma Economic Watch. …

China’s embrace leaves US in cold

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – Since January 2006, China has unilaterally opened 83 trading items to zero tariffs for Cambodia, 91 for Laos, and 87 for Burma. China’s continued effort to …

No second cyclone but heavy rains threaten Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii on Tuesday issued a cyclone warning for a gathering storm in the Bay of Bengal, offshore from central Myanmar, …

Brunei to send an official to Myanmar

Borneo Bulletin, Brunei Darussalam – By Azlan Othman Brunei will send an official from the Fire and Rescue Department to join the Asean Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ERAT) to assist Myanmar …

Burma approves pro-military constitution in referendum

AOL Canada, Canada –

However, Ban said he has now secured support from Burma, also known as Myanmar, its neighbours and key donors to increase the flow of cyclone relief aid and …

Myanmar tightens access to cyclone zone: reporters, aid groups

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Myanmar’s ruling junta has tightened access to the cyclone disaster zone in the country’s south, frustrating aid groups trying to bring help to survivors, …

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Myanmar cyclone survivor faces a new battle
Los Angeles Times, CA –
Since the cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma, on May 2-3, no doctor has visited the seven villages where local nurse U Tin Hling is the only trained …
Second Struggle For Survival Hartford Courant
Deep wounds and broken bones, but no medical aid Sydney Morning Herald
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Burma founders while China copes
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Ironically, China’s lack of interest in pressuring its ally to let in emergency teams has increased the suffering in Burma (renamed Myanmar by the military …
A Tale of Two Disasters Forbes
Second Take Business Day
Disasters provide stark contrast The Nelson Mail
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Dealing with Burma’s junta
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AS unbelievable as it sounds, Burma’s ruling military regime seems ready to allow tens, perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of its own citizens to die in …
Daniel Goldbloom on Cyclone Nargis, The Sichuan Earthquake and … National Post
Aid groups believe donations will get to Burma CTV.ca
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Burma (Myanmar) cyclone and earthquake in the People’s Republic of …
UQ News, Australia –
On behalf of the UQ community, I offer deepest condolences to students, staff, alumni and their families affected by the Burma (Myanmar) cyclone and the …
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World Focus on Burma (14 and 15 May 2008) part 1

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MYANMAR: Cyclone devastates rice market
IRINnews.org, NY –
“I think the overall projection is of incredible hardship,” said Sean Turnell, a Macquarie University expert on Myanmar and editor of Burma Economic Watch. …

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Burma approves pro-military constitution in referendum
AOL Canada, Canada –
However, Ban said he has now secured support from Burma, also known as Myanmar, its neighbours and key donors to increase the flow of cyclone relief aid and …

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Reporters in Burma live in fear
Media Guardian, UK – May 14, 2008
… according to Aung Zaw, editor of Irrawaddy, a magazine and website produced by exiled Myanmar journalists in neighbouring Thailand. …
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Pressure on Myanmar to open up to cyclone aid
AFP – May 14, 2008
YANGON (AFP) — Top foreign officials headed Wednesday to Myanmar to press the defiant junta to open the doors to a massive cyclone relief effort for two …
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Deadbolt
… the world stage in the last week to share his thoughts about the human rights, humanitarian crisis in the country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …
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The United Nations has sharply increased its estimate of those severely affected by Burma’s cyclone to 2.5m people up from the 1.5m previously thought to be …
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Prayer service for Myanmar victims set for Friday
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI – May 14, 2008
Laisum said those who attend Friday’s service may make donations to help pay for relief efforts in Burma, which the military regime renamed Myanmar in 1989. …
Myanmar: Welthungerhilfe starts distributing supplies in the …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
“This guarantees that our aid is received by the people who really need it,” says Angela Schwarz, Welthungerhilfe’s Regional Co-ordinator in Myanmar/Burma. …

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We’re all human
Stockton Record, CA –
First, two weeks ago, it was a cyclone that swept across Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – that killed at least 32000 people. More than 29000 people are …
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Myanmar: Trucks with aid reaching the needy
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – Despite roadblocks and bad weather conditions DanChurchAid’s partners are able to gain access to some of the worst hit areas in Burma. …
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BBC News
First Burma aid plane to leave UK
BBC News, UK –
The DEC Myanmar (Burma) cyclone appeal has received donations of over £6mn since it was launched last week. Among those who have contributed to the fund are …
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in aid of the Myanmar cyclone Phayul
Red Cross estimates up to 128000 died in Myanmar cyclone as heavy … International Herald Tribune
Aid beginning to trickle through to Burma cyclone victims ABC Online
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Church World Service (press release)
CWS – Local Organizations Make Difference in Relief Delivery in …
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
BANGKOK, May 13, 2008–Ten days after cyclone Nargis devastated parts of Myanmar (Burma), as tens of thousands of people still wait for assistance, …
Myanmar: MCC seeks $200000 for cyclone relief and recovery ReliefWeb (press release)
MCC launches cyclone relief for Burma Abbotsford Times
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Singapore: Myanmar to attend ASEAN emergency meeting to discuss …
International Herald Tribune, France – Myanmar, also called Burma, has long been a source of embarrassment to ASEAN, largely because of its junta’s failure to fulfill promises to restore …
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The Associated Press
UN chief secures support for more access in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
… who proposed that the UN convene an emergency summit on Myanmar, which is formerly known as Burma, and that Ban possibly visit the country. …
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Voices from Myanmar: How the cyclone first hit
Seattle Times, United States –
It is where Cyclone Nargis first struck land in Myanmar, also known as Burma, about midnight Nov. 2. The storm went on to clear a path through the delta, …
Curfew in Myanmar villages News24
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 15, 2008 at 11:05 am